The United States has issued a first passport in which the holder’s gender is marked with X. This is seen as an essential development for Americans who are non-binary and therefore do not identify as male or female.
The State Department is committed to “promoting the freedom, dignity and equality of all people, including LGBT people,” a spokesman said.
President Joe Biden previously promised that his administration would treat LGBTI rights as a priority.
Americans abroad will be able to apply for passports with gender X at the beginning of next year. Worldwide, only a limited number of countries issue this type of identity document.
According to a London-based interest group, people in at least 11 countries can have X or ‘other’ in their passports.